Mon, 30 Aug 2010 13:06:18 GMT — Officials say debris at a railroad crossing may have caused three freight cars to derail in an industrial park in Le Mars. No one was in injured in Friday's derailment, but Fire-Rescue Chief David Schipper says 200 to 300 gallons of diesel spilled from a refrigeration car when it and two other cars were pulled off the tracks. Schipper says one of the cars, pulled by a Canadian Northern Railroad engine, may have hit debris at a railroad crossing. The engine was pulling seven boxcars. Schipper says the refrigeration car was tilted on the tracks. The car was empty, but diesel leaked from the refrigeration unit. Officials built a dike and contained it. Schipper says the rail line is owned by the city. The cars are owned by Union Pacific.
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